Minecraft Bought by Microsoft
Microsoft recently purchased the gaming phenomenon Minecraft for a meager 2.5 billion US dollars. Notch released a letter explaining his reasoning and thoughts as to the sale and his retreat away from the corporate scene.
It was speculated for the past 2 weeks that Microsoft was going to purchase Mojang for 2+ Billion USD. Many thought this to just be nothing but a rumor but it was confirmed this week that the sale was indeed going through. There was cries of outrage and betrayal from minecraft fans over the events, as well as the cries of joy and exaltation from fans…fans are a bi-polar sort. of entity.
Will things change? Change? sure, why wouldn’t they? everything changes over time and MS obviously has some brand for the Minecraft name and IP.
What will these changes be? Your guess is as good as ours at this point, but lets have a look at some possibilities. Future updates, DLC?, Improved Xbox support, Staff Changes, Policy changes….the list is quite extensive.
Are these changes bad? For the most part? no, not overly. The worst thing that could possibly happen is that they stop updating minecraft on the PC. Which in my own opinion wouldn’t be all that bad, it would give the hard working modders a definitive version of minecraft to enhance and update themselves.
Will they cancel the PC/PS-Vita/PS3/Mac/Linux… versions of Minecraft? Cancel as in completely remove all downloads, sites etc? not overly likely. We bought a game, we have a game and the game will be available to download for those that purchased it. The likelihood of them removing the non Xbox versions of minecraft is ludicrously low. No, you have the game you payed for, and most of us have a game far superior to the one we payed for originally.
Will Microsoft feck up Minecraft? Perhaps, its only speculation. Microsoft has been a mixed bag when it comes to buying things and ultimately failing them.
What happens to Notch now that he’s sold the IP? Notch stated that he doesn’t want to be in the public space when it comes to his work. He doesn’t want anything he makes to ever get popular again and is content to live out his existence in obscurity and mediocrity. [See his letter here] Ultimately its his choice, but its a shame.
Are these the end times? Well they were but Peter Dinklage told the four horsemen to bugger right off. Mecha-Godzilla wasn’t pleased, but it very rarely gets on with the horsemen of famine so it would have been bad either way. AKA, No.
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